Jose Mourinho was recently appointed as the manager of the Serie A team AS Roma and is due to take charge ahead of the next season. The 58-year-old will replace fellow Portuguese Paulo Fonseca, who Roma announced earlier would leave at the end of the current 2020-21 season.
Mourinho was sacked by Tottenham on April 19 just a week before the all-important League Cup final against Manchester City. Since then, the Portuguese manager has signed a three-year deal with the three-time Serie A champions. Here’s what we can expect from the Special One in Italy.
MOURINHO’S CAREER IN MANAGEMENT SO FAR
Mourinho has already managed Inter Milan, Chelsea, Manchester United, Tottenham and Real Madrid outside his homeland. Roma is going to be his sixth different international club in his long and illustrious career.
This season with Tottenham, Mourinho’s team suffered 10 league defeats in a single campaign for the first time in his managerial career. It was rumoured that he had lost the dressing room and the atmosphere around the club was dull.
There are talks that Mourinho is a man from the past and his tactics in football management are stale. He has had two difficult spells at his previous two clubs and it seems like a now or never moment in the Special One’s career.
MOURINHO’S HISTORY IN SERIE A
Mourinho’s previous stint in Italian football was a successful one with Inter Milan that produced four major honours in two years. His treble with the club is hailed as one of the biggest achievements in the last few decades in European football. He won the Italian title twice, the second victory forming part of the club’s historic treble in 2009-10, which also saw them claim the Champions League and Coppa Italia.
Roma have not won Serie A since 2000-01 when former England manager Fabio Capello was in charge. So Mourinho already has a big task cut out in front of him. The team is all set to finish below the Champions League slots in the league this season and getting the club back to the most coveted league in European football would be his immediate task.
HOW HE GOT THE JOB?
The Portuguese general manager of AS Roma, Tiago Pinto has been a fan of his countrymen’s skills in football management and jumped at the first chance to get his signature on the contract.
“When Jose became available, we immediately jumped at the chance to speak with one of the greatest managers of all time. We were blown away by Jose’s desire to win and his passion for the game: no matter how many trophies he has won, his primary focus is always on the next one. He possesses the knowledge, experience and leadership to compete at all levels. We are supremely confident Jose will be the perfect coach for our project, for both our immediate and long-term future.” said Pinto in a club statement.
CHANGES EXPECTED AT THE CLUB
Major changes will follow, with players such as Alessandro Florenzi and Cengiz Ünder set to return from loans and be sold. Mourinho and Pinto will collaborate on reconstructing the squad but the manager won’t have the kind of funds that he has had at his previous clubs.
Jose will have to go to his old school self and actually coach the existing players to something special rather than relying on buying the top talent from Europe. This will be a real test of the Special One’s tactical acumen, coaching styles and will determine whether he is still capable of making underdogs punch way above their weight and fight for different trophies.
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